Though they have just had a shellacking in parliament at the hands of Andrew Wilkie, Woolworths/ALH is looking towards a big victory on Saturday, if the Hodgman Liberal government retains power, and implements a new gaming agreement.

The grocer/wholesaler/pokies venue operator will find itself as one half of a new duopoly. Together with the state’s Federal Group, it will be in line to carve up the existing market of pokies venues -- about 90 hotels -- with premium buy-outs.